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Re: <nettime> Open letter against DRM control of web browsers - Seeking
Morlock Elloi on Wed, 19 Apr 2017 10:25:14 +0200 (CEST)

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Re: <nettime> Open letter against DRM control of web browsers - Seeking

Corporations - those who can pay engineers - have always controlled web browsers. For example, look at the embedded SSL certificates in your browser - who do you think decided to include exactly those? Did anyone ask you (public) for opinion?

The idea that this can be fought through voting inside the body primarily funded by browser makers and headed by aging luminaries is ridiculous: W3C is on the way of becoming completely irrelevant.

The disturbing trend is the same as in the security and other high-tech industries: expectation that begging works, and exhausting one's energies in begging (misapplied notion of 'democratic process' in situations without any semblance of democracy).

To gain control of browsers, you need to start using weapons: compilers. Compile browsers yourself, and no one can control you. When there were significant non-commercial efforts to produce browsers (anyone remembers Microsoft's attempts to *sell* Explorer?), there was no need to beg. As these efforts have almost completely folded into commercial enterprises, Microsoft can sell the stuff again.

The other option is to build all these desired freedoms into laws, so browser manufacturing becomes regulated by the state.

There doesn't seem to be working middle ground.

On 4/13/17, 3:49, parminder wrote:

A new WWW standard seeks to enable corporations to control web browsers

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